10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Denver
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Newark

1
night
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanging Lake Trail.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs road trip planning site .

Newark to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Newark in June, with highs in Glenwood Springs at 66°F and lows at 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Spas Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Thermal Spas

1
day
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 1st (Mon), explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, and finally explore the ancient world of Long House.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park road trip site .

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 90°F by day to 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
On the 2nd (Tue), go for a walk through Pikes Peak and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Garden of the Gods. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then delve into the distant past at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, then look for gifts at Garden of the Gods Trading Post, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip maker website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In July in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pikes Peak ©
Pikes Peak
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

2
nights
Estes Park

More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
On the 4th (Thu), capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour and then cruise along Trail Ridge Road. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then view the masterpieces at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, then stop by Brownfield's, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Estes Park journey planning site .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Estes Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Trail Ridge Road
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Horseback Riding Tours

3
nights
Denver

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at 16th Street Mall and Bags by Cab Yarn Shoppe. Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Denver Zoo. When in Denver, make a side trip to see Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, approximately 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, contemplate the long history of Union Station, explore the galleries of Denver Botanic Gardens, and sample the fine beverages at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Denver driving holiday planner.

Drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Shopping Parks

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Pearl Street Mall
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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